Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) will announce Thursday that he is not going to run for mayor in 2007.
Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is also holding a news conference about his mayoral intentions.
Both lawmakers will hold newly powerful positions in Congress, now that the Democrats have won control.
Gutierrez had been mulling a City Hall bid for months--as has Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.)
Jackson is also poised to drop a City Hall campaign--unless the situation changes oernight and he is able to put together a ticket with blue chip names running for city clerk and treasurer.
In any case---the Democratic takeover of the House may make their current jobs seem more attrative.
Gutierrez is in line to become a subcommittee chair in the Financial Services Committee--overseeing domestic and international monetary policy the trade and technology.
Also, Gutierrez has been the Democratic lead on the broad based bi-partisan House immigration bill--the one backed by President Bush. The Senate version is authored by McCain and Kennedy. The GOP leaders in the Hastert led House refused to consider any comprehensive bill.
The question left--with the Dem takeover make Gutierrez want to reconsider and NOT make this his last term.
Jackson, on the Aprropriations Committee, is in line to be the number two on the Foreign Operations subcommittee and fourth on the panel dealing with labor, health and education spending.